Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball's Most Enigmatic Slugger

Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball's Most Enigmatic Slugger

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Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball's Most Enigmatic Slugger 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Brendan_Barry More than 1 year ago
The book “Becoming Manny”, by Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, is an extremely interesting memoir that is a perfect fit for any baseball fan. In this great biography about the life of baseball icon, Manny Ramirez, the authors go into detail about every stage of his existence. From his birth, up until the book was written (2009). This book is an awesome one to read, whether you want to learn how the baseball superstar came to be who he is today, or even if you just want to learn a little about Hispanic heritage. From the time of his birth, Manny has always been much loved by his whole family. His parents, Onelcida and Aristides Ramirez, his three sisters, Rossy, Evelyn, and Clara, and he himself all were born, and spent a portion of their childhood in the Dominican Republic. This is where Manny started to play, and to love, baseball. Whether it was playing at the local field with his Dominican little league team, or stick ball in the streets with his neighborhood friends, Manny was constantly playing ball. In the story he states “I don’t remember much about those times (living in the Dominica Republic), but I do remember that my mom would get upset, because I never came home in time to eat at the table with the rest of the family. I was always at the field playing.” When Manny and his family immigrated to Washington Heights New York in Dec 1985, Manny was only 13 years old. Upon arriving, one of the first things Manny did was signup for the local little league team. The team was coached by a man who was nick-named “Macaco” or little monkey. This was Manny’s most influential mentor throughout his life. Manny and Macaco still remain very close friends to this day. In the book, Manny states, “There are three people in my life who I can really trust; Juliana [his wife], my mom, and Macaco.” Manny goes on to state “He’s like my father.” Although people think of Manny as being lazy, after reading this you will see that this is very untrue. Every coach that talked about Manny in this book mentioned his incredible work ethic. Most of them even go on to say that of all the players they had coached, Manny worked the hardest. One coach said that if Manny had a game at 5:00pm, he would be there at 10:00am taking batting practice. In the book Manny also states one of his workout routines. He would wake up at 4:30 in the morning, every morning, and run up one of the tallest and steepest hills in Washington Heights, dragging a giant tire behind him! This book also takes you through his years in the majors. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 1991 draft, he had a long and accomplished career of 19 years. Manny played most of his years as a member of The Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians; however he also played for The Los Angeles Dodgers. Manny was a twelve time All-Star and nine time Silver Slugger recipient. He also recorded stats like seventeenth in career homeruns, eighth in career slugging, second in career grand slams, and first in career postseason homeruns. I can honestly say that this was one of the best books that I have read. I would encourage any baseball fan to read this. When I started reading this book I was, by no means, a “Manny fanatic”, however after reading this book I felt as though I didn’t have a choice but to love him. The authors, Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, take you so in depth to every detail his life, I feel like I’ve been close friends with him for years. If you’re looking for a great book to read, then pick up Becoming Manny.
TylermTM More than 1 year ago
This is a great biography by: Jean Rhodes, Shawn Boburg and Leigh Montville that helps unburry the life of Manny Ramirez. Also it's a great biography for someone with the love for baseball and, or the love for Manny Ramirez. It is a great biography about a famous Hispanic and on a tough man who battled through out his life to become what he dreamed on being ever since he was a little boy, a proffesional baseball player in the MLB. Through out the book it says what Manny would do as a child like he would come home late to diner from playing baseball and always watching baseball with his padre(father). It also talks about all the different baseball teams he played for from when he was five all the way to when he was playing proffesionally. Besides baseball it also talked about his family. Manny had a mother named Onelcida and his father was named Aristides. During the book there were events that Manny was involved in and his family was always there to support him in any way possible. While Manny was growing up though he lived in a dangerous neighborhood with his family. But this did not stop him from becoming a future Hall of Famer in Cooperstown, New York. I would recomend this book to anyone who has a love for baseball, Manny Ramirez, or just a great biography on a famous Hispanic. So go grab this book and begin a learning experience right away.
Francis71 More than 1 year ago
Becoming Manny by: Jean Rhodes, Shawn Boburg, and Leigh Montville explained the life of Manny from a small boy from the Dominican Republic to becoming arguably one of the best hitters to play in the game of baseball. Growing up on dirty streets known for drugs and violence, Manny kept him and his friends away from it and made sure he was focused on baseball. He stood out from his friends and started playing for good teams. When he grew older he reached the unthinkable and made it to the Major League Baseball Association. Manny began with the Cleveland Indians and had a very successful career. He started to slump and the Red Sox signed the extremely talented slugger. Manny was a key part to the Redsox organization and helped them win two World Series in four years. As his career continued in Boston, the fans and organization began to loose hope in him and many trade rumors had been in the news for years. Manny was finally traded from Boston and had moved to the Las Angeles Dodgers, it was time for all of Red Sox Nation to move on from their slugger and focus on what was to come. Manny may be getting older but is still known for some clutch plays, homerun hitting, and clumsy plays. Their is no real ending to this book because Ramirez is still wearing the Dodgers uniform. Manny is a perfect example to kids out there. He lived on dangerous streets but avoided the distractions and fulfilled his dream and became a future Hall of Famer in Americas Pastime. I recommend this book to baseball fans or people who just wants a good read about a boy from the Dominican, to becoming one of the most talked about athletes in America.
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Dan_C More than 1 year ago
The book Becoming Manny, written by Jean Rhodes and Shawn Boburg, published in the year 2009 by Scribner a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. is a well-written and a descriptive look into one of baseballs greatest all-time sluggers. This biography displays key facts and information that show how he got to where he is today. Throughout the book, it stresses the strength and hardships Manny had when growing up in Washington Heights, New York. Also, it shows how much spanish influence there was and the culture that had developed in Washington Heights at the time due to it was the second most Dominican populated area in the world at that point. When growing up Manny was a shy boy. He would scarcely talk to anyone, and his mother Onecileda talks about him as a boy who didn't do much and didn't talk much except for his love for baseball. This all changed the time he signed up for little league and met what he didn't know at the time but would find out later was his mentor, father figure and simply just his best friend. His name was Macaco and he was a father figure to many of the young fatherless members of the little league teams. Right away though he took a loving to Manny and gave him special treatment even though Mannny would not have his parents come meet with Macaco which was a rule enforced by Macaco, but he let it slide for Manny. Manny never knew Macaco would still watch and coach him until this very day. Manny was always a hard worker. he would wake up early on his sofa bed every morning in Washington Heights and run up and down the worst streets in New York with a tire tied to his back. Neighbors remember him as a "determined person." Even when he came up to select leagues after high school he would work hard but still make his old Manny being Manny mistakes as Red Sox fans know it as. But for that he had to run all day which he did not a word said to the coaches. Soon after he was drafted. His own family didn't even know he was drafted in fact they never even watched his games or know he had an exceptional skill for baseball. This is another demonstration of how shy Manny was and how little he talked about himself. His mothers first game she attended was when he was in the AAA and she remembers it fondly. This all worked out in the long run as today Manny Ramirez is still breaking records and slugging home runs. I recommend this book to anyone who likes baseball or a story of a strong-minded kid whom is successful in what he really wants to do.
Dante48 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The best chapters detail his growing up in Washington Heights, the process of scouting him, Manny's rise through the minor leagues, and the final chapter, which ties everything together in a way that makes more sense of Manny than I've seen. Beyond the light it sheds on Manny and Dominicans in the majors, the book tells us about the Spanish culture, poverty, immigration, and the role of coaches.
Graham92 More than 1 year ago
This is a well-written and intelligent book about one of the most interesting and prolific living sports figures. It's packed with interesting details and gives a thoughtful analysis of who he really is. Highly recommended.